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Doc. 64.-the rebel retreat from Spring-field, Mo. General Price's official report. Headquarters M. S. G., camp on Cove Creek, Arkansas, February 25, 1862. To His Excellency C. F. Jackson, Governor of Missouri: sir: I have the honor to lay before you an account of the circumstances surrounding my command within the last two weeks, compelling me to evacuate Springfield and retreat beyond the State line into the territory of Arkansas, the intelligence of which has no doubt reached you. About the latter part of December, I left my camp on Sac River, St. Clair County, fell back, and took up my quarters at Springfield, for the purpose of being within reach of supplies, protecting that portion of our State from both Home Guard depredations and Federal invasion, as well as to secure a most valuable point for military movements. At Springfield I received from Grand Glaze considerable supplies of clothing, camp and garrison equipage, and having built huts, our soldiers were as
tteville — who have fought against us at Boonville, Carthage and Wilson's Creek, at Lexington and Milford, have paid the penalty of their seditious work with their lives, or are seeking refuge behind the Boston Mountains and the shores of the Arkansas River. The last days were hard, but triumphant. Surrounded and pressed upon all sides by an enterprising, desperate and greedy enemy — by the Missouri and Arkansas mountaineer, the Texas ranger, the finest regiment of Louisiana troops, and eventrict discipline and effective battles. Columbus has fallen — Memphis will follow — and if you do in future as you have done in these past days of trial, the time will soon come when you will pitch your tents on the beautiful shores of the Arkansas River, and there meet our ironclad propellers at Little Rock and Fort Smith. Therefore, keep alert, my friends, and look forward with confidence. F. Sigel, Brig.-Gen. Commanding First and Second Divisions. New-York Herald narrative. Pea